forefather

[fawr-fah-ther, fohr-]

noun

an ancestor.

Nearby words

  1. foredeep,
  2. foredo,
  3. foredone,
  4. foredoom,
  5. foreface,
  6. forefathers' day,
  7. forefeel,
  8. forefend,
  9. forefinger,
  10. forefoot

Origin of forefather

First recorded in 1250–1300, forefather is from the Middle English word forefader. See fore-, father

Related formsfore·fa·ther·ly, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for forefather

forefather

noun

an ancestor, esp a male
Derived Formsforefatherly, adjective

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Word Origin and History for forefather

forefather

n.

"ancestor," c.1300, from fore- + father (n.); perhaps directly from Old Norse forfaðir.

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